Chicago Blackhawks: Injuries

Shaw (upper-body) out vs. Flames

November, 20, 2014
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CALGARY, Alberta -- As the Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice for the morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday, there was a 5-foot-11, 179-pound void, impossible to miss.

Andrew Shaw, who practiced Wednesday in Chicago, will not play against the Calgary Flames due to an upper-body injury.

“It’s not serious,” Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said, “but we’ll see (when he can return). It could be a short-term thing, so it’s tough to say exactly.”

Shaw has three goals and three assists for six points in 18 games this season.

As a result, Jeremy Morin will draw back into the lineup and will be stationed on the wing alongside Bryan Bickell and Ben Smith, who moves to center. Smith, who has one goal in 18 games this season, has played every position at one point or another in his time as a Blackhawk, bringing some much-needed grit and versatility to the void left by No. 65.

“I do whatever I'm asked and I try to do it well,” said Smith, who played two seasons at right wing and another two at center with Boston College. “I was given a lot of ice time in a variety of roles -- invaluable experience, I say. Getting that responsibility, both in college and with Rockford, it serves you well. I’m comfortable in these roles and I’m happy the coaching staff has trust in me, too.”

While there are a number of challenges with bouncing back and forth from line to line, role to role, Smith embraces the opportunity, insisting his commitment to preparation is what sets him apart as one of the team’s most resourceful assets.

“You never know how games are going to pan out, shift-to-shift, period-to-period, game-to-game,” Smith said. “Whenever I'm asked, I take a couple seconds to go over my responsibilities, my positioning, and talk myself through it. 'Here's what I need to do this shift. Here's what I need to do to be productive.' It’s all about doing the homework and that’s what’s helped me be successful in these roles.

“I’m excited to put it to work tonight.”

Toews, Kane 'looked good', but skip trip

April, 11, 2014
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Jonathan ToewsCal Sport Media/AP ImagesJonathan Toews remains on track to return from an upper-body injury in time for the playoffs.


WASHINGTON -- The postseason is rapidly approaching. Good thing injured captain Jonathan Toews is back on the ice.

Out since suffering an upper-body injury on March 30 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toews skated in Chicago on Thursday along with forward Patrick Kane (knee).

“He skated yesterday, skated very well," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Friday of Toews, Chicago's third-leading scorer with 68 points. "Looked good. As did [Patrick Kane]."

Neither player made the trip to Washington for Friday night's matchup with the Capitals, the penultimate game of the regular season. With the Blackhawks locked into the third seed in the Central division, there is no need to rush.

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Injured Bickell to miss Boston return

March, 27, 2014
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BOSTON -- Bryan Bickell will miss his fourth straight game when the Chicago Blackhawks return to the site of their Stanley Cup celebration last year.

The Blackhawks hit the road to face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

Bickell hasn't played since March 19 after suffering an upper-body injury during a 4-0 win over St. Louis. He scored the tying goal in the Blackhawks' clinching Game 6 comeback victory over the Bruins in last year's Stanley Cup finals.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville left open the possibility of Bickell's return Friday night in Ottawa, saying, "We'll see."

Bickell participated in Thursday's morning skate at TD Garden.

Saad, Rozsival won't play vs. Blues

March, 19, 2014
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Michal Rozsival will not play against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and will miss their second consecutive games due to injuries, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Saad suffered an upper-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. He did not travel with the team to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he is [Thursday,]” Quenneville said prior to the game on Wednesday. “Good chance by the weekend. Fingers crossed for Friday.”

Saad is second on the Blackhawks with a plus-29 rating and is sixth on the team with 44 points. He has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season.

Rozsival has a lower-body injury and last played on Sunday. Quenneville said Rozsival was progressing, but he would still miss a couple more games.

He has one goal, six assists and a plus-four rating in 38 games this season.

Quenneville: Bickell could be back by Christmas

December, 13, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell will practice with the team for the first time on Friday and could return to game action as early as Dec. 20, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

“I would expect him to play here before Christmas,” Quenneville said on “The Coach Q Show” on WGN-AM 720 on Friday morning. “We got these three in four nights, maybe the next game after that. Maybe we’ll get a closer, better assessment whether he’ll be able to play that Vancouver [Canucks] game [on Nov. 20] or before Christmas. We’re hopeful he’ll be able to join us before then.”

Bickell has missed 12 games due to a lower-body injury he suffered when he crashed into a goalpost against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 19. He has five goals and one assist in 22 games this season.

Bickell signed a four-year, $16-million contract in the offseason after breaking out for nine goals and eight assists in 23 playoff games during the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run. He had nine goals and 14 assists in 48 regular-season game last season.

Handzus (illness) unlikely to play vs. Stars

December, 3, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus is unlikely play to against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday due to an illness, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Handzus has played in the Blackhawks' past four games after missing 14 games due to an upper-body injury. He has one goal and three assists in 13 games this season.

Brandon Pirri replaced Handzus as the Blackhawks' second-line center during the morning skate. Pirri had recently moved from the second line to the third line when Handzus returned to the lineup. Pirri has six goals and five assists in 23 games.

Quenneville also said Sheldon Brookbank, who is normally a defenseman, would likely play as a forward Tuesday. Mike Kostka skated with the third line Tuesday morning, but Quenneville said Kostka would not play Tuesday. Kostka has missed the past 20 games due to a lower-body injury.

Morin ready for next chance with Hawks

November, 21, 2013
11/21/13
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Jeremy Morin is making his second jump from the American Hockey League to the National Hockey League this season, joining the Chicago Blackhawks before Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets. His first time up wasn’t what he hoped for, but in the wake of Bryan Bickell's lower-body injury, Morin has a second chance to prove his worth.

“I just need to be an all-around player,” said Morin. “Not turning pucks over, be better defensively and play hard, create opportunities when I get the ice time and play my game.”

Morin said he learned a lot from his last experience and tried to put it to good use with Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

“Obviously, every time you come up you try to learn and try to get better, that is what I try to do,“ Morin said. “I went down there and played two games and just tried to bring some of those things you learn up here -- the intensity -- and how to play the right way.

“Now I got my opportunity -- just play the same way, don’t change too much and try to have a strong game.”

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Hawks' Hossa to miss third straight game

November, 19, 2013
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DENVER, Colo. -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa stepped onto the ice in Denver, but only briefly.

After Hossa took part in Tuesday's morning skate prior to a game against the Colorado Avalanche, coach Joel Quenneville ruled Hossa out for the third consecutive game because of a lower-body injury.

The decision came as morning practice wound down; Hossa skated over to Quenneville alongside the bench and the two talked for a couple of minutes.

"(It was) close the last couple, three games," Quenneville said. "I think they were all, ‘We'll see,' and we were hopeful he could play."

At the start of a seven-game trip away from the United Center, Quenneville hopes Hossa will return when the Hawks face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Hossa has nine goals and six assists in 19 games this season.

Hawks' Kostka to miss 4-6 weeks

October, 23, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka will miss four to six weeks due to an undisclosed lower-body injury, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kostka's injury occurred during practice on Tuesday. He will not require surgery.

Kostka had one goal and a plus-1 rating in two games this season. He had been a healthy scratch for six of the Blackhawks' first eight games. He scored his first career NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Kostka signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks in July and earned a roster spot during training camp. He played in the Maple Leafs organization last season.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has seven other defensemen on the roster. He had been rotating Kostka, Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival as the team's sixth defensemen throughout this season.

Hossa to miss next four preseason games

September, 19, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will miss the next four preseason games due to an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said on Thursday.

"He aggravated an injury there," Quenneville said after Thursday's morning skate. "We're going to keep him off. I wouldn't expect him in the next four games here in the next five nights. We'll see how he progresses after that."

Quenneville said Hossa could play in the final preseason game on Sept. 28 and is expected to play in the season opener on Oct. 1.

"Whether we're talking seriousness of it or not, we feel he'll be back and he'll be fine," Quenneville said.

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Defenseman Kostka leaves after taking hit

September, 17, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka left Tuesday's preseason game in the first period and did not return against the Detroit Red Wings after being illegally checked into the boards by Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen.

Kostka laid face down on the ice for a few minutes and was attended to by the team's training staff. He was eventually able to skate off the ice under his power and went into the locker room.

Pulkkinen was given a game misconduct and a five-minute major boarding penalty at 2:16 of the first period.

After the game, the Blackhawks said Kostka suffered an upper-body injury.

"I thought [the hit] was very dangerous," coach Joel Quenneville said. "[Kostka's] not bad, but he couldn't play. We'll see a little bit better assessment [on Wednesday.]

"I think he's had a real good camp. We like what he brings to our team. He defends real well, real active in the attack, off the point. He wants the puck, make plays, sees plays. I think he's going to be useful."

The Blackhawks signed Kostka to a one-year deal in July. He was previously in the Toronto Maple Leafs' organization and spent time with the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, last season. He played in 35 regular-season games and one playoff game with the Maple Leafs last season.

Banged-up Bickell plays tough in finals

June, 25, 2013
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 Bryan BickellAP Photo/Charles KrupaBryan Bickell celebrates his game-tying goal with Jonathan Toews and Michal Handzus.
BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has gotten to the point that he has nearly perfected the art of sidestepping questions.

One he skillfully avoided throughout the Stanley Cup finals was why he waited until Game 4 to reunite the line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell. The trio had accounted for three goals and four assists in the Blackhawks’ Western Conference finals series-clinching Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

It seemed only logical to keep the line together as the Blackhawks rolled into the Stanley Cup finals to face the Boston Bruins. Quenneville opted to split them up, though, and explained it as wanting more balance throughout the team.

But Quenneville wasn’t telling the truth then, and he came clean about it after the Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Game 6 on Monday.

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Shaw takes puck to face, exits game

June, 24, 2013
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BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was hit in the face by a puck and left the game during the first period of Monday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

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Marian Hossa to play Game 5

June, 22, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Hossa will be in the lineup despite missing Friday's practice and Saturday's morning skate.

Hossa was a late scratch from Game 3 against the Boston Bruins on Monday due to an unspecified upper-body injury. He sat out the team's morning skate on Wednesday and played in Game 4 in Boston later that night.

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Hossa playing in Game 4

June, 19, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is active for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.

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